Prime Minister names Kolkata Port Trust after Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the grand Sesquicentenary Celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust recently. The Prime Minister unveiled a plaque at the site of original Port Jetties to commemorate 150 years of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT).
“This port has stood witness to many a historical moment in the country like India getting independence from foreign rule. From Satyagraha to Swachhagraha, this port has seen the country changing. This port has not only seen consignors, but also the carriers of knowledge who have left a mark on the country and the world. In a way, this port of Kolkata symbolises India’s aspiration for industrial, spiritual and self-reliance,” the Prime Minister added.
PM stated that the long coastline of India from Gujarat’s Lothal Port to Kolkata Port was not only engaged in trade and business but also in the spread of civilization and culture across the world.
“Our government believes that our coasts are gateways to development. This is the reason the government started the Sagarmala project for modernising infrastructure and improving connectivity of the ports. Thirty six hundred projects worth more than INR 6 lakh crore have been identified under this scheme. Out of these, more than 200 projects worth more than INR 3 lakh crore are underway and about 125 have been completed. Kolkata Port is connected to the industrial centres of eastern India due to the construction of river waterways. And trade has become easier with countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar,” PM added.
PM also announced Kolkata Port Trust to be named after Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. “Dr Mukherjee, the son of Bengal, laid the foundation for industrialization in the country and has been very instrumental in the development of projects such as Chittaranjan Locomotive Factory, Hindustan Aircraft Factory, Sindri Fertilizer Factory and Damodar Valley Corporation. I also remember Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr Mukherjee and Baba Saheb gave a new vision to post-independence India,” PM said.
Mandaviya said that in the last 15 years, for the first time, this year Kolkata Port has made profit. He said, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visionary Sagarmala Project, more than INR 1200 crore has been spent on infrastructure development, better rail connectivity and modernisation of Kolkata Port in the last five years.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the upgraded Ship Repair Facility of Cochin Kolkata Ship Repair Unit at Netaji Subhas Dry Dock; Full Rake Handling Facility and dedicated the upgraded Railway Infrastructure of Kolkata Dock System of KoPT for smooth cargo movement and improving turnaround time. PM also launched the Mechanisation of Berth No.3 at Haldia Dock Complex of KoPT and a proposed riverfront development scheme.